Psychology Today Profile

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Why Psychotherapy?

Letting go and moving on are some of the greatest struggles we face. Psychotherapy can often be a way of finding support and self awareness during those times. Ultimately though, it is the individual who directs their story in a new direction. The Therapist serves as a guide.

A Therapist cannot convince, transform, or cure without a commitment from the Patient. Nevertheless, to have the support of a clinically trained professional who can objectively listen, reflect, and challenge has made the difference for many people between thriving and surviving.

When choosing a Counselor/Therapist you will always want to take into consideration their training, experience, and professional affiliations. However, while all of those criteria are important, research shows that Psychotherapy is ultimately successful because of the therapeutic alliance formed between the Patient and Therapist. It is only in the presence of the other, with time, trust, and a commitment to that process, where success can truly be measured for Patient and Therapist alike.  

Mental Health is a priority of well-being yet the cost has to be seen as you would a gym membership, dinner out with friends, or a vacation. Your health is priceless so taking steps to value and prioritize that expense in your personal budget is an important point to consider before commencing with private therapy.

If you feel like circumstance, substance or biology are interfering with your life and can accept the help of a confidential professional, please do not hesitate to reach out.

- Natasha Watkinson, M.Ed., NCC, LMHC 
Masters in Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
National Board Certified Counselor, #323599  
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida, #MH14039
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, #609790